• Kathaleen Kathaleen
    January 21, 2012
    Can gabapentin treat pain the buttocks?
    Kathaleen Kathaleen
    January 21, 2012

    I have sciatica nerve pain in my buttocks. I also have nerothape in my feet. Can I use Gabapentin for both pains? I'm in a wheelchair because I have severe spinal atenosis. I'm diabetic, and have avib, so I take a lot of medication. Right now I live on Atavan & Advil because my doctor can't find a pain pill I can take. I'm allergic to penicillin, sulfa, lavaquin, internal alcohol. Flu shots and pneumonia shots. I can't take narcotics; they make me sick to my stomach.



  • Cort
    Health Guide
    January 22, 2012
    Health Guide
    January 22, 2012

    This, of course, is something for your doctor to decide but Neurontin or gabapentin has been used successfully to treat both your conditions and has been FDA approved for peripheral neuropathy in diabetes.

     This is a very different kind of drug than the narcotic pain relievers you tried; it's an anti-seizure drug that calms down over activated nerves. Lyrica is another 'anti-seizure' drug that is similar which works really well in some people for pain. If Neurontin doesn't work so well you might want to ask your doctor to give Lyrica a try. Good luck! 

    Here are some other articles on pain medications you might enjoy:

    Using Tylenol Responsibly

    Let’s Talk Pain Meds

    What You Didn’t Know About Pain Meds


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